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missbunny
05-24-2000, 09:27 AM
Can someone help me with the name and author of a short story - it was about an old man who falls and breaks his leg while alone in a remote mountain area. He is sitting at the base of a tree waiting for someone to find him when a grizzled old wolf approaches. The man is afraid at first, but then, half delirious, he begins to imagine that the wolf is his long-dead dog. Eventually the man coaxes the wolf into snuggling up with him. The story ends with some people finding the man and wolf (both now dead) lying close together; one person surmises that the wolf must have attacked the man and the man somehow fought him off before killing him; while another person, observing the position of the two bodies and the peaceful expression on the dead man's face, says something like, "No, that's not what happened ... not at all."

Does this sound familiar to anyone? I know it's not The Interlopers or To Build a Fire.

pluto
05-24-2000, 11:23 AM
I don't have any info other than to add (for others, you seem to know already) that it's almost certainly by Jack London.

The story rings a bell, but there are so many bells going off in my head for various reasons that that doesn't mean anything.

Do de name "Natty Gann" strike a familiar note?

missbunny
05-24-2000, 12:43 PM
Pluto, it's not Natty Gann either. I'm pretty sure it's not Jack London but I'm going to do a search on him just to be sure. I think I will remember the name of the story if I see it. Otherwise, I'll have to start looking through my books. (I think I have this in some anthology but I have so many books that it will take a while to get through them.)

Arnold Winkelried
05-25-2000, 10:08 AM
missbunny, did you ever find out the title of the story? I checkedd my "Collected Jack London", and in the 23 short stories and two novels (White Fang, Call of the Wild) in the "Great North" section there wasn't a story to match your description.

missbunny
05-25-2000, 07:29 PM
Arnold W., I still haven't found that story and it's driving me nuts! I checked every story in every Jack London anthology I could find listed and it's not there. I am checking my books but I haven't come across it yet. I'll keep looking and post if I do find it.

pukalani
06-05-2000, 11:01 PM
Hey, Buns-dear:

The story was about a guy who fell in love with a Timberwolf that was, at first, very domesticated...but then "reverted" to its REAL nature and ripped the hell out of the fellow.

Title (derived from an old Inuit word): "WOOFYBITMYBALLSOFF". Author: I. Likeit Dogstyle.

Love always, Pukalani.

GuanoLad
06-06-2000, 04:16 AM
Jack London never seemed to do happy stories. Oh sure, they masqueraded as happy stories to an extent - there was character building, there was hope, there was adventure, there was spiritual faith reaffirmed...

But in the end, everybody dies in the snow.?

swtmamarains
01-04-2013, 12:23 PM
Did you ever find out the title and the author of this? I had a client that thought the name was "Old Man and the Wolf" but I can't seem to find it.
Thanks!

terentii
01-04-2013, 12:52 PM
There was a Jack London story about an old Indian who was left to die in the wilderness when he became too much of a burden on his family; he was blind, but was able to sense the wolves drawing closer as his fire slowly died. I don't think he got out of that one.

I'm pretty sure I've read all of London's short stories, and that's the only one I recall that resembles the one described above. If I'm mistaken, please do give the title of the work.

Happy Fun Ball
01-04-2013, 01:29 PM
It does sound like a London story. I had a book of short stories by London, the first one about a zombie dog that shuffled through the forest looking for brains. It may have been in that book.

Dendarii Dame
01-05-2013, 10:04 AM
I'm looking at my Best Short Stories of Jack London, and one is a bit similar to what you're describing. "Love of Life" features a dying man and a dying wolf lying next to each other. The man's close to hallucinating, but never thinks it's his dog. They're both starving, and want to eat each other, but lack the strength.

The man survives.

twickster
01-05-2013, 11:45 AM
Moved from MPSIMS to Cafe Society, which didn't exist when this thread last saw the light of day.

Andy L
01-05-2013, 12:26 PM
I'm looking at my Best Short Stories of Jack London, and one is a bit similar to what you're describing. "Love of Life" features a dying man and a dying wolf lying next to each other. The man's close to hallucinating, but never thinks it's his dog. They're both starving, and want to eat each other, but lack the strength.

The man survives.

Available online at Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/710

Polidori3
12-04-2016, 06:05 PM
I believe it is called Death Hunt, and I have been seeking a copy of it for years. It appeared in Reader's Digest several decades ago. It is definitely NOT by Jack London.